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California College Lacrosse: Cal Berkeley Women’s Lacrosse Signs 8 Recruits From Connecticut, Massachussetts, Maryland, Colorado, And California For 2010-2011 Season

The California lacrosse program signed eight recruits to National Letters of Intent, Golden Bears head coach Theresa Sherry announced on Monday. The incoming class features three players from the San Francisco Bay Area – Lauren Goerz (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista High School), Teresa Li (Pleasanton, Calif./ Amador Valley High School) and Hayley Olson (Livermore, Calif./Granada High School) – two from Colorado – Shelby Barrett (Centennial, Colo./Cherry Creek High School) and Megan McGinnis (Morrison, Colo./Colorado Academy) and three – Paige Gasparino (Darien, Conn./Darien High School), Grace Parente (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr School) and Jackie Pelletier (Andover, Mass./Andover High School) – from the East Coast.

The class includes multiple midfielders (3), defenders (2) and attackers (2) as well as one goalkeeper.

“We are extremely excited to welcome these eight student-athletes into the Cal lacrosse family,” Sherry said. “This class is made up of fast, athletic and mentally tough lacrosse players who we feel will help our program continue to achieve greater things in the MPSF and the NCAAs. We are happy to continue pulling players from all over the country to play for our team, the different personalities and backgrounds adding a significant flavor to the Cal campus both on and off the field.”

Goerz, a high school All-American midfielder who led Monte Vista to the North Coast Section title as a junior, was named the 2009 Contra Costa Times Player of the Year and East Bay Athletic League (EBAL) MVP. She tallied four goals and an assist in the 2009 NCS final.

Li, Olson and Goerz were named to the 2009 all-EBAL first team. A midfielder, Li was selected an honorable mention All-American and, along with current Cal freshman Ana Cyr, was named a US Lacrosse academic All-American in 2009. Li played at Amador Valley with current Cal sophomore Melissa Sheehan. Olson, an attacker, and Cyr were teammates at Granada High School.



“Our three players from the Bay Area have been playing with and against each other for years, most recently for the BearLax Club run out of Berkeley,” Sherry said. “Teresa Li is fast, smart and tenacious all over the field. Lauren Goerz is powerful and athletic, in addition to being a competitor that will challenge her new teammates from the start. Hayley Olson will be an asset with her speed, her nose for the goal and her work ethic in the midfield.”

A high school All-American goalkeeper, McGinnis comes to Cal from the same school (Colorado Academy) that produced Bears junior Chapin Jackson. McGinnis has also played for the Team 180 club.

“Megan McGinnis is a very talented athlete, and lefty goalkeeper, who will continue to offer a presence for Cal both between the pipes and outside the cage,” Sherry said.

Barrett is an attacker/midfielder from the same high school that produced Cal sophomores Lauren Johnson and Allie Welsh.

“Shelby Barrett is another product of Team 180 in Colorado, playing with Megan [McGinnis] over the past few years,” Sherry said. “Shelby will add a shooting ability to our attack next year and athleticism in the midfield as well.”

Gasparino, a midfielder, and current Cal freshman Clemmy Little were teammates at Darien High School, which also produced former Cal stalwart Ghillie Little, Clemmy’s sister.

“Paige Gasparino will also offer speed in the midfield and we expect her to be an impact player in both the offensive and defensive ends of the field,” Sherry said.

Parente, a defender, was named to the Baltimore Sun’s All-Baltimore City team as a junior last spring. She also played on the backline for the Bryn Mawr School soccer team, which recently won its Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference championship. Parente hails from the same hometown and high school as Sherry and Cal senior Tighe Hutchins.

“Grace Parente is a tough, quick defender with great instincts,” Sherry said. “She will add an element of tenacity and skill to our defensive end.”

Pelletier was a key member of the stingy defense at Merrimack Valley Conference (MVC) powerhouse Andover High School.

“Jacqueline Pelletier is a strong and smart defender with leadership skills that will benefit our defensive end,” Sherry said.

The current Golden Bears will open their 2009 season against UC Davis, a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) opponent, at 1 p.m. on Feb. 20 in Davis, Calif.


College Lacrosse Recruiting: High School Senior And Junior Lacrosse Players Must “Realistically” Assess Their Lacrosse Skills And Be Thorough In College Recruiting Search

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(From Lacrosse Magazine article)

1. Reassess your skills.

It’s never easy to admit, but consider the possibility that you aimed too high. Go to an honest source for an evaluation of your game – club coach, varsity coach, opposing coach from your league. If you’re a Division I-caliber player, chances are you’ve been seen, said Providence men’s coach Chris Burdick.

“If you’re out and you’re on a club team going to Top 205 and other camps, you’re being seen,” he said. “We don’t miss many guys as college lacrosse coaches.”

2. Develop a plan.

At this stage, you should have a firm grasp on what division you can expect to play in. If you don’t already have a core list of schools, construct one immediately based on a combination of academics, tuition and athletics that appear to match your interests. If you haven’t already, be prepared to send a package to each coaching staff that pitches yourself as a prospective recruit. A game film and highlight film will help immensely, as will follow-up phone calls and personal e-mails. Think of yourself at this stage as an aggressive salesperson.

3. Get moving.

Think back on the last year of the recruiting process. Have you done everything possible to sell yourself to the programs you’re interested in? Have you started proactive, stayed proactive, finished proactive? If the answer is not a definitive yes, it’s time to kick it up a notch.

“It’s all a communication thing,” said Matt Wheeler, owner/operator of lacrosserecruits.com. “Have the courage to call the coach, e-mail the coach. You can’t show up and hope it happens. (Men’s assistant coach) Gerry Byrne at Notre Dame, says it all the time: you have to be relentless.”

4. Stay positive.

Whittier’s leading scorer last year, Ana Garcia, took a circuitous route to the Poets’ program.

Whittier was her top choice out of high school, but she enrolled at Colorado State to play WDIA club ball. It didn’t work out, but she didn’t lose faith. She transferred to Whittier and couldn’t be happier.

“I would say, ‘Don’t give up. It’s not too late,'” she said. “Coaches are always willing and able to talk to people who have talent. They’re willing to watch film. It’s never too late. I remember I was completely stressed out. I didn’t know what to do and I wanted someone to make the decision for me… You really have to push yourself.”

5. Consider all options – including junior college.

There’s overwhelming pressure to attend a four-year institution immediately. It doesn’t have to be that way. One year spent at a junior college with a lacrosse program can pay major dividends in several ways, from financial to academics to athletics. In the past, it has served as a springboard for many student-athletes who were strapped with difficult decisions during their senior years of high school.

Tips for Juniors

1. Understand the NCAA guidelines.

The NCAA rulebook on recruiting regulations can be found at NCAA.com. Learn them. Understanding the process is critical to understanding where you stand during junior year. Know when the signing periods are, when coaches can contact you, and how you can best utilize official and unofficial visits.

2. Personalize your communications.

When contacting coaching staffs via e-mail, be sure to personalize your message. Coaches will value your inquiry more if they’re not one of multiple coaching staffs copied on the e-mail. Individual phone calls are even better.

“The first thing that always catches my eye is an e-mail, but the best thing for me is a phone call,” Whittier women’s coach Emily Hammer said. “The only difference between an e-mail and a phone call is if I can see if it’s a bulk e-mail or if it’s a genuine ‘This girl sat down and e-mailed me personally.’ I know then there’s more of a genuine interest.”

3. Explore specific school camps.

Do you have a short list of schools/programs in mind? Then inquire with those coaching staffs about their own summer camps, and try to attend at least one. Several coaches and players say it’s the best way to get evaluated, and offered. Apart from your skill set being seen, you’ll get an idea of how things are run at that particular school. Not to mention the team’s current players typically serve as camp counselors, so you’ll meet potential future teammates.

4. Consider a recruiting site.

There’s no avoiding it. Getting seen is going to cost money, be it through club teams, summer camps or perhaps even hiring someone for the vital component of filming your games. Recruiting sites like lacrosserecruits.com and berecruited.com can provide the structure you may lack to get seen.

5. Don’t underestimate Division III.

There’s a belief that the gap between Division III and lower Division I lacrosse is narrower than most NCAA sports. Division III coaches remind parents and players all the time – our talent level is high. And they’re not lying. Many D-I caliber players end up at D-III schools for a better balance of student versus athlete. From a straight numbers standpoint, there are also many more programs to choose from.

“I can tell you that the level of play at Division III is extremely good,” Washington & Lee men’s coach Gene McCabe said. “It’s exciting, it’s athletic, it’s very competitive. I wouldn’t know how to compare it to the lower half of Division I. We play VMI every year and we’ve been good enough to beat them most years.”

6. Know what coaches want to see.

Don’t just send out a highlight tape of your best plays to coaches. That’s only part of what they want. Add a full, unedited game film or two to your package so coaches can see how you handle adverse situations throughout the course of the game. For instance, after making a turnover, do you hustle back downfield to play defense? These are the little things coaches have great eyes for, and can make a big difference in your recruitment.

7. Let coaches know where you’ll be.

As you’re communicating with the schools you’re interested in, inform the coaching staffs of your travel plans. If you plan on attending a fall camp or tournament, let them know as far in advance as possible. Stay aggressive.

8. Don’t let your grades slip.

Junior year is critical to the college application process, as courses get harder and surrounding pressures increase. Being able to offer a coach, at any level, an attractive profile of academics and athletics will help your cause greatly. Several coaches could not emphasize this point enough.


Colorado Lacrosse Showcase: Highlights Of Denver Men’s Lacrosse Vs. MLL Denver Outlaws Game On Oct. 24

The Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse play the Denver Pioneers in the first ever Colorado Lacrosse Showcase on October 24, 2009